Shepherded by a family heritage of over six generations of grape farming – it is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the vineyard. Every Gamba made wine is an individual expression of the vineyard with each unique vintage. The limited production, handcrafted wines are a tribute to the art of farming, as much as they are to generations of old world, traditional winemaking. As the few remaining old vine vineyards slowly continue to disappear from the landscape, Gamba holds dear and strives to preserve what is quickly becoming a limited commodity – truly Old Vine Zinfandel.
Tasting Notes: The 2019 Starr Road Old Vine Zinfandel offers a beautiful deep garnet color in the bowl of the glass, with a lush, creamy and dark berry note on the nose, with a hint of black tea and exotic spices. Notes of cola, leather, vanilla and black fruits fill the senses, and round the wine’s feel on the palate. A refined and compelling polished texture is complemented with a bright yet proportional acidity that delicately lifts and balances the wine. The pleasant spicy finish lingers on the palate, woven with a fine texture of subtle woody tones.
Winery Notes: 2019 was an exceptional wine growing season in Sonoma County. Mild temperatures early in the growing season acclimated the grapes, with ideal temperatures that continued throughout the season. This led to the year’s unhurried harvest, producing outstanding grapes. The historic Starr Road Ranch is a century old vineyard located in the beautiful foothills of the Russian River Valley AVA. The vineyard is organically grown and dry farmed, offering exceptional fruit quality with extremely low yields from this heritage 1920 original planting site. It is cultivated without the use of herbicides or pesticides and relies on winter rains as its sole source of irrigation, as it has for the past 100 years. Foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights provide ideal growing conditions at this exceptional vineyard site in the Russian River Valley. This treasured old-vine-vineyard consistently produces intense benchmark wines, bold yet refined in character, year after year, praised and sought after by producers, wine lovers, and collectors alike.